If you are wondering where you should eat on your trip to Panama City Beach, look no further. We’ve put together this extensive overview highlighting Panama City Beach’s best restaurants to help you decide where to eat. We’ve included the best breakfast restaurants, family friendly restaurants, local favorites, lunch spots, best seafood, killer cajun places, and more.
Panama City Beach, Florida is a popular destination for many families and there are lots of excellent restaurants to dine at. The kids and I ate like little piggies while we were there for spring break! After eating as much food as possible, here are our favorites.
Here is an overview of what I thought of many Panama City Beach restaurants. I have only included what I think are the best restaurants in Panama City Beach.
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Best Brunch in Panama City Beach
Another Broken Egg Cafe
This is my favorite restaurant in Panama City Beach and their brunch is unbelievable. All their food is fantastic from the southern cuisine like grits and fried chicken to traditional brunch like eggs benedict or french toast. Their brunch cocktails are amazing too. I highly recommend the Spiked Nutella Latte. If you like to college coffee mugs you should buy one of theirs to take home. I’ve had mine for years now! Located at 11535 Hutchison Blvd, Panama City, FL 32407.
If you are in the mood for a crepe definitely go to Gypsea Crepes. This is a fun little breakfast joint where they’ve got sweet and savory choices. They have a small menu, but it’s super tasty and it’s easy to have them customize your crepe with things like fresh strawberries, Nutella, peanut butter, and lots of other yummy things. Located at 7012 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408.
Best Milkshakes in Panama City Beach
Gulf Coast Burger Co.
If you are looking for fried pickles or fried tomatoes the ones here are excellent. The burgers are spendy but so delicious and you can customize them however you like. The best part of eating here is not the hamburgers it’s the milkshakes. They offer huge milkshakes for just $12. These freakshakes are way over the top. 10031 Hutchison Blvd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407.
The Yard Milkshake Bar
Technically, this is only a milkshake place, but their milkshakes are phenomenal. They top their milkshakes with stuff like slices of cheesecake. My kids told me these were the best shakes they’ve ever had and at this point, they are basically experts. 15801 L C Hilton Jr Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Best Donuts in Panama City Beach
For the best donuts in Panama City Beach, head to Thomas Donut. It’s a bit out of the way out on the west side of town, but it’s more than worth venturing over there. Not only are they delicious, but they are cheap too. Every day they offer a special donut of the day. In the photo above I am holding the “donut of the day” in the picture above, it is an apple caramel pie donut and it was the best donut I have ever had! If you are craving fresh donuts this is the place. Located at 19208 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413.
5 Restaurants with the best views in Panama City Beach
Schooners last local beach club has good food and an even better view. We like to hang out on the beach near here since it is a public beach, then when we get hungry we hit Schooners. It’s mainly fried food, but they do offer this jerk chicken plate for a healthier option. Beer lovers be sure to try the Grayton 30A Beach Blonde. They also have their own interesting twist on a Moscow Mule, sadly I cannot recall what they call it. It has vanilla vodka. 5121 Gulf Dr, Panama City, FL 32408.
Pelican’s Bar & Grill
Pelican’s is a seasonal restaurant at Sheraton Bay Point Resort. It’s located out on their awesome dock. They offer a small menu, but the cocktails are fantastic and the food is good too. The sunset views are phenomenal. 4114 Jan Cooley Dr, Panama City, FL 32408.
Pompano Joe’s is one of the larger restaurants at Pier Park. Try to dine here during the daylight to enjoy gulf views. Located at Pier Park. 16202 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413.
This place is extremely kid-friendly. Huge deck with tons of outdoor seating with a beautiful gulf view. Great food, fantastic prices. You can eat alligator tail here which is apparently on many people’s bucket lists. Located at 9875 South Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408.
Sometimes there can be a long wait to eat here. The food is great, but it is expensive. The kid meals were the most expensive I have seen at 7.95. Located at Pier Park.
Best Seafood in Panama City Beach
The Grand Marlin
I took my kids to The Grand Marlin for a fancier dinner while we were in Panama City Beach. I made all of them try the baked oysters, they are so good! The Grand Marlin also has beautiful views of the Grand Lagoon. Their martini selection is excellent. I recommend making a reservation, it was extremely busy the night we dined here. The Grand Marlin is located at 5323 N. Lagoon Dr., Panama City, Florida 32408.
I’ve heard this place is amazing. I haven’t tried it myself but after the 10th person recommended it for having the best fish, I thought I better put it on this list! It’s located at 11040 Hutchison Boulevard, Panama City Beach, Florida 32407.
Mike’s Cafe and Oyster Bar
Mike’s Cafe has a lot going on. It’s a down-home diner and seafood restaurant wrapped into one great place to eat. Located at 17554 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Best Sandwich Shops in Panama City Beach
Andy’s Flour Power Cafe and Bakery
We picked up sandwiches and salads to go from Andy’s Flour Power Cafe and Bakery and took them out to Shell Island for a beach picnic. The sandwiches were huge and the strawberry salad was absolutely wonderful. They are open for brunch and lunch. I almost put this cafe under breakfast because they’ve got the best breakfast sandwich in town! 2629 Thomas Dr, Panama City, FL 32408.
Liza’s is a small sandwich shop. They make great hot and cold sandwiches. 7328 Thomas Drive, Suite L, Panama City Beach, FL 32408.
Best Cajun food in Panama City Beach
Dee’s Hangout has good Cajun food. We had a nice dinner here one night and everything we tried was good including the orleans style gumbo. 529 N Richard Jackson Boulevard, Panama City Beach, Florida 32407.
Dat Cajun Place
According to the locals I ate at the wrong Cajun food restaurant. For the best Cajun food in town eat here. They have happy hour every day and live music every day. 8501 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408.
Bayou On The Beach
New Orleans-style eatery & oyster bar serving classic sandwiches, cajun steamed shrimp & other seafood in a down-home setting. Located at 11115 Hutchison Blvd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407.
Other Notable Places to Eat
Large selection of beer and wine and a wide array of food options including steaks, tacos, hamburgers, alligator ribs, goat cheese stuffed figs wrapped in bacon, and more. They change the menu often. The have Happy Hour from 4:00pm-6:00pm & 9:00pm-11:00pm Tuesday-Saturday & all day Sunday with appetizers half-off, $1 off all beers, & $1 off well drinks. Located at 7715 Front Beach Rd Panama City Beach, FL 32407.
Best restaurants across the bridge in Panama City
Hunt’s oyster bar
Good food, good prices. Great local place. Great oysters! 1150 Beck Avenue Panama City, Florida.
They have the best appetizer ever, Bang Bang shrimp. Great food. Little pricey. It is family-friendly, but even better for a date night. Unfortunately, they closed the location in Panama City Beach, but the one in Panama City is still open. 641 West 23rd Street, Panama City, Florida 32405.
More Great Restaurants Nearby, Along Scenic 30A
Shades Bar and Grill
This family-friendly bar has a have nice upbeat atmosphere. The prices are decent. Large appetizers and huge entrees. You could easily just split an entree between two adults. The pizza was quite good. Kid meals run 5.75. 10952 E County Hwy 30A, Panama City Beach, Florida 32461.
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